I've long been jealous of Kansas City (it has more fountains than any other city besides Rome!), and my reasons for jealousy have grown: Google is finally ready to install "thousands of miles of" fiber optic cable between the two Kansas Cities as part of its Google Fiber network. This means faster Internet speeds, which is even more important in our post-SOPA world (a whole two weeks later).
The cable will help deliver Internet speeds of 1 gigabit per second, which is only about 100 times faster than the Internet you're currently reading this on. While it's only 100 times faster than broadband Internet, its upload speed will also be 1 Gbps, which is 1,000 (yeah, that's one thousand) times faster than the current U.S. average.
Kevin Lo, the Google executive in charge of Google Fiber's project, said, "Each cable contains many thin glass fibers, each about the width of a human hair. We'll be taking these cables and weaving them into a fiber backbone — a completely new high speed infrastructure."
Google has a blog on which they plan to track the progress of Google Fiber and offer fertilizer to the growing jealousy we'll all have of Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri.
The project will one day encompass more than those two cities, but for now, the rest of us have to make do with photos of fountains, uploaded at breakneck speeds.